Friday, December 29, 2017

Toast to New Year's Mocktails

Courtesy of Andrew Rakos

Happy New Year Friends,

Learn how to whip up some delicious mocktails that cater to nondrinkers.

Creativity expert Andrew Rakos whips up some delicious New Year's Eve mocktails that cater to nondrinkers. His recipes use everything from designer ice cubes to fun-shaped root-beer floats.

Mix juice flavors, pour into ice molds or ice-cube trays and freeze. Add the flavored ice to other beverage bases such as club soda and other clear drinks. As the ice melts, the flavor is added to the drink. Also, if food coloring is added to the flavored ice before freezing, it will be added to the drink with the flavor.

For a different touch, freeze tiny edible flowers into the cubes by first filling trays halfway and freezing them. Add edible flowers and fill trays the rest of the way and freeze. Mix drinks with fizz and colorful juices, such as half berry juice and half soda.

Garnishes for drinks make them more festive. Use any kind of fruit such as grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime slices.

The Shirley Temple
  • ice
  • ginger ale
  • grenadine
  • orange slices
  • mint slices
    Fill glass with ice. Pour ginger ale and grenadine over the ice. Garnish with orange and mint slices.

Matthew Mouse Mocktail
  • ice
  • cola
  • vanilla ice cream
  • cookie of choice
  • colored sugar-covered chocolate pieces
    Fill a wide, fun-shaped glass with ice. Pour cola until the ice is barely covered. Add a big dollop of vanilla ice cream on top of the ice. Put a cookie on each side of ice cream to make ears, and add colored sugar-covered chocolate pieces to the front of dollop for the eyes and nose.

Woo-Woo Mocktail
  • orange juice
  • pineapple juice
  • grenadine
  • lemon juice
  • bitters
    Mix equal parts of orange juice and pineapple juice. Add a dash each of grenadine, lemon juice and bitters.

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